• Tue. May 28th, 2024

It has been over a decade now since Australia’s Airbourne was unleashed on the world, and these Aussies are still going strong with their own brand of hard rock. With a scope of influence that harnesses classic Australian bands like Rose Tattoo, The Angels (AKA Angel City) and, of course, AC/DC, they have definitely made an impact on world audiences.

Breakin’ Outta Hell is the fourth studio album from Airbourne, and their first new effort since 2013’s Black Dog Barking. The group is still comprised of brothers Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe, David Roads, and Justin Street, who recorded the prior three records.


Breakin' Outta Hell is Airbourne's fourth record.
Breakin’ Outta Hell is Airbourne’s fourth record.


Are you looking for a progressive rock masterpiece that requires you to think about its subject matter as you contemplate the meaning of life altogether? If that is what you seek in an album, Breakin’ Outta Hell is certainly NOT the album for you. But if you are like me and get a high from mindless, debauched hard rock devoid of any deeper meaning whatsoever, what are you waiting for? Airbourne has not changed much since their first album, but for those people that fancy AC/DC-esque classic-style hard rock, that is quite all right! The riffs, the attitude, the songs; if you are at all familiar with Airbourne already, you more or less know what you are getting here. Their “back to basics” rock and roll style has proven a hit with audiences around the globe, and much like AC/DC before them, they do not need to change things too drastically, knowing they have a formula that works. This is evident in every single track on the album.

Breakin’ Outta Hell is every bit what you would expect from an Airbourne record. If you are already a fan of these Aussies and their brand of rock and roll, the release makes a fine addition to your collection. If you are not a fan and did not like their last few albums, then needless to say, this one is not going to change your mind. But as someone who fancies the group’s approach to making music, I can certainly give this one a recommendation.



By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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